Greece is an amazing state, a significant part of whose territory is located on the islands. The country is washed by several seas, all of them belong to the Mediterranean basin: the Ionian, Libyan, Cretan, Aegean and the Mediterranean itself.
The mainland of Greece is three quarters of the country's territory. With its vast seaside and many islands, the country is considered ideal for a beach holiday. The Mediterranean climate, clear water and unique culture make this country incredibly popular with tourists. As a rule, the seas surrounding Greece are of interest to people, for the most part, from the point of view of their influence on the characteristics of recreation.
The eastern coast of the country is washed by the Aegean Sea. It is on it that the capital of the state, the city of Athens, stands. Another large resort on the shores of the Aegean Sea is Halkidiki. Large islands such as Santorini, Kos, Rhodes and Mykonos are also located in the same sea.
The Ionian Sea washes the western shores of the country. The most popular resort areas of the Ionian Sea are the islands of Corfu and Zakynthos. A small sea - the Cretan Sea, which is usually considered part of the Libyan Sea, washes the island of Crete. This island is the southernmost part of Greece. The Cretan Sea owns its northern shores, and the Libyan Sea - the southern ones.
It is difficult for a layman to understand why such a relatively small territory, which is occupied by the Mediterranean Sea, had to be divided into several additional seas. But in reality, each of them has its own characteristics, noticeable not only to oceanographers for chemical analyzes. Each sea in the Mediterranean Basin has its own color and characteristics. Experts easily distinguish one sea from another by these features.
The Ionian Sea is characterized by purple and blue hues. The Aegean in beach areas gravitates towards turquoise colors, and where its depth becomes deeper, changes color to deep dark blue. Overall, the entire Mediterranean and its pool are very clean. This is due to the fact that there is practically no industry on these shores, at least in the way of those currents that wash Greece. The sea areas of this country are considered the cleanest in all of Europe.
Knowing the specifics of the seas can be very helpful if you are planning a vacation. The Aegean Sea differs from the rest in that it is colder and more restless than the rest of the seas of Greece. At the same time, it is also the cleanest, and the water in it is very transparent. For these qualities, the Aegean Sea is especially loved by divers.
To experience how different the different seas are, you can go to the island of Rhodes. Not far from it there is a place called "the kiss of the two seas." The waters of the Mediterranean and Aegean seas meet here. Seeing this, you will immediately understand how different waters can be, so close to each other.
This marine diversity is partly due to the fact that in the past, the Mediterranean Sea was the Tethys Ocean. Many years ago, tectonic plates moved, but the Mediterranean Sea still retains some "oceanic" properties. The Greek seas are the seas of an ancient ocean that no longer exists today.